I John 2:18 – You have heard that the Antichrist will come, and even now there have arisen many antichrists. By this we know that this is the last hour.
In this verse we can see the two-fold fulfillment of prophecy: one that is singular, specific and future; and a second kind that is current in multiple situations. Prophecies must be considered in these two dimensions: the end time fulfillment and the present day application. Thus, the fulfillment of end times’ prophecies often seems to have two different timings: one present and urgent in every generation, and one ultimate and final in the last generation.
Since prophecies have a dual timing – present and future, we have to relate to both dimensions – the urgent and the ultimate, in interpreting the prophecies.
I John 2:22 – Who is a liar but he who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
Spirit of Deception
There is the Antichrist of the end times; there are antichrists in many generations; and there is the spirit of antichrist resident in our own flesh: pride and rebellion resisting the authority of God in our lives.